John Wick has a Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat tattoo on his back and in the nightclub scene he is seen wearing his watch inside like military personnel.

Coincidence? Or is he ex military?

An ideal answer would be one quoting the director or other cast and crew if they ever said something about it.

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Source: http://payday.wikia.com/wiki/John_Wick

John Wick, prior to being a hitman, served in the United States Marine Corps. This can be noticed by the tattoo on his back, which from Latin to English says "Fortune Favors the Brave", the motto of the United States Marine Corps, 2nd battalion, 3rd Marines who have been through 5 tours of duty.

Update: Also from the wiki,

According to Wick's Crimefest description, he and Chains were former comrades during their time in the military.

It is an established fact in the Payday games that John Wick served in the military.

Payday is widely believed to be canon which is evident from many facts including the following

  • John Wick literally being in the game

  • "Continental Coins" being used as a form of in game currency used to upgrade the safehouse.

  • There exists a John Wick weapons purchaseable DLC pack for the game which features the same weapons from the movies.

The creative team has not made any statements regarding this but I suspect it is because the obscurity of John Wick's past is a major factor in the appeal of this movie. However, it is safe to assume that he did serve in the military prior to becoming a hitman.

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    It's not like American Marines invented the latin proverb that is older than US by two thousand years... seems pretty thin reasoning to me.
    – Davor
    Jan 28, 2018 at 16:36
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    This doesn't really provide any information that wasn't in the question. His appearance in the game matches his appearance in the movies, but the quote from the wiki seems to be speculation based on the same appearance.
    – Milo P
    Jan 28, 2018 at 20:48
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    @MiloP added another quote from the wiki.
    – adeen-s
    Jan 29, 2018 at 2:53
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    @Vishwa, No, but the Deadline article said they want him to "appear" in the series (so reoccurring or special guest star?) --so it should tie-into his story. My understanding is that series is to revolve around the Hotel... Jan 29, 2018 at 15:50
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    Read the article, John Wick universe is mainly based on Wick. Keanu should be main impression for people who attracted so much attention to the series. without him, I'm not sure how it'll do on small screen. Limitless is a good example. I liked tv series, but it wasn't as good as Jason Morra in it.. Could be wrong.I'm just sayin
    – Vishwa
    Jan 30, 2018 at 5:19

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